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Good story, but a bit too repetitive of the first book
on December 14, 2011
This sequel to Whistling in the Dark shows us Sally and Troo O'Malley a year after we last met them. Both girls are still coping with their father's death and their close call the previous August, though in different ways -- Sally is quiet and overprotective of Troo, while Troo is sassy and constantly acting out.
In addition, the girls' mother has moved the family in with Detective Dave Rasmussen, who has recently been revealed to be Sally's biological father. Troo is furious, both because the information makes her and her beloved sister only half related, but because Dave is tramping over her daddy's memory.
This summer, the big mystery in the neighborhood is the cat burglar, who is stealing valuables from area families every week. Although there is much speculation, no one knows for certain who the culprit could be -- until Troo and Sally stumble upon the truth, with possibly deadly consequences.
While this sequel is an enjoyable read, there is quite a bit of reiteration from the previous book. Recapping some of the things that happened before is great for those who either didn't read the other book or else forgot the details, but Kagan tends to rehash to the point where it seems lazy, as though she is just trying to fill a second book without bothering to come up with a new story. This takes away from the quality of the book somewhat.